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Ashton United
S Allison (24')
Full time
J Pritchard (25'), L Tomsett (90')
Sat 28 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 398

The end of an era


Ashton United got the win they needed to clinch runners-up spot and home advantage in the play-offs ...

... with Reds’ ending their thirty first campaign of Northern Premier League football in mid-table.

The visitors seemed to be troubled by nervous tension for much of the game but, gradually, got on top and grabbed a late winner.

Reds had gone in front, were pegged back immediately but couldn’t hang on for the draw their efforts probably deserved.

A fine goal from Scott Allison, his 23rd of the season, had opened the scoring for the hosts after twenty four minutes. He started and finished the move with a clever dribble and good retention of the ball, exchanged a neat one-two with Max Brown before finishing with aplomb.

It seemed to give the Robins a wake-up call because the response was instant with an equaliser within ninety seconds. Liam Tomsett delivered a teasing ball towards the far post which John Pritchard managed to head home from close range.

Pritchard almost gave United the lead before half time but his low shot was turned onto the post and away by a smart Aaran Taylor save.

Reds looked the more likely to get the third goal of the afternoon as the impressive Ashton support were checking mobiles for results elsewhere.

Max Brown had a goal-bound effort blocked then, with a clever shot on the turn, sent the ball over the bar. Dav Symington lined up a free kick from twenty five yards but that also failed to hit the target.

As Reds understandably tired, Ashton began to dominate as they pushed for the all important winner.

They missed some decent chances and Dean Smalley thumped a header against the bar. Time was against them.

But credit to Jody Banim’s side who kept going to the end. A free kick in their favour provided one last chance and Sam Sheridan’s superb delivery wasn’t defended properly, enabling Cumbrian born Tomsett to guide home the winner in front of the jubilant, but somewhat relieved, away support.

Whilst the visitors were celebrating their last gasp win, the Borough Park faithful were saying a fond farewell to Anthony Wright who announced his retirement prior to the game. Although injured, he came on to make a cameo appearance near the end then acknowledged the plaudits from the terraces.

A great servant to the club, he will be missed.

Workington Taylor, Symington, Rowntree (Harker, 81), Douglas, Hetherington, Mellen, Brown, Holt, Allison, Mossop, Holliday (Wright, 82). Substitute – Andrews (not used).

Ashton United Ollerenshaw, Dominic Smalley, Baines, Granite (Chadwick, 79), Chalmers, Sheridan, Platt, Tomsett, Dyche (Evangelinos, 66), Mooney (Dean Smalley, 46), Pritchard. Substitutes – Roberts, Makhosini (not used).

Referee Helen Conley, Bishop Auckland

Attendance 398

Leo Holliday

Player of the Match

Leo Holliday

Key moments

Goal Scott Allison scores for Workington
Goal John Pritchard scores for Ashton United
Goal Liam Tomsett scores for Ashton United

Videos and photos

Post match
Post match


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90:00 Player of the Match
Leo Holliday is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 Goal 1 - 2
Liam Tomsett scores for Ashton United
90:00 Assist
Samuel Sheridan makes an assist for Ashton United
82:00 Sub Off
Leo Holliday is substituted off for Workington
82:00 Sub On
Anthony Wright is substituted on for Workington
81:00 Sub On
Cameron Harker is substituted on for Workington
81:00 Sub Off
Gari Rowntree is substituted off for Workington
79:00 Sub Off
Josh Granite is substituted off for Ashton United
79:00 Sub On
Matthew Chadwick is substituted on for Ashton United
66:00 Sub Off
Jack Dyche is substituted off for Ashton United
66:00 Sub On
Nic Evangelinos is substituted on for Ashton United
46:00 Sub Off
Daniel Mooney is substituted off for Ashton United
46:00 Sub On
Dean Smalley is substituted on for Ashton United
End of period 1
25:00 Assist
Liam Tomsett makes an assist for Ashton United
25:00 Goal 1 - 1
John Pritchard scores for Ashton United
24:00 Goal 1 - 0
Scott Allison scores for Workington
24:00 Assist
Max Brown makes an assist for Workington
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Workington
  • Ashton United
  • 0
  • Scott Allison Goal 24:00'
  • Max Brown Assist 24:00'
  • John Pritchard Goal 25:00'
  • Liam Tomsett Assist 25:00'
  • Dean Smalley Sub On 46:00'
  • Daniel Mooney Sub Off 46:00'
  • Nic Evangelinos Sub On 66:00'
  • Jack Dyche Sub Off 66:00'
  • Matthew Chadwick Sub On 79:00'
  • Josh Granite Sub Off 79:00'
  • Cameron Harker Sub On 81:00'
  • Gari Rowntree Sub Off 81:00'
  • Anthony Wright Sub On 82:00'
  • Leo Holliday Sub Off 82:00'
  • Liam Tomsett Goal 90:00'
  • Samuel Sheridan Assist 90:00'

Team selection

Ashton United
  • 1. Josh Ollerenshaw
  • 2. Dominic Smalley
  • 3. Lewis Baines
  • 4. Josh Granite
  • 5. Aaron Chalmers
  • 6. Samuel Sheridan
  • 7. Nicky Platt
  • 8. Liam Tomsett
  • 9. Jack Dyche
  • 10. Daniel Mooney
  • 11. John Pritchard
  • 12. Nic Evangelinos
  • 14. John Roberts
  • 15. Khanye Makhosini
  • 16. Matthew Chadwick
  • 17. Dean Smalley

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

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Rushall Olympic
Halesowen Town
Stalybridge Celtic
Mickleover Sports
Nantwich Town
Stafford Rangers
Warrington Town
Whitby Town


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Barwell 46 64
10. Stourbridge 46 62
11. Workington 46 62
12. Mickleover Sports 46 61
13. Stafford Rangers 46 61
14. Matlock Town 46 60
15. Nantwich Town 46 57

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